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Augusta Regional Airport daily maximum parking rates increase

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 2:11 PM
Last updated 7:19 PM
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Fliers departing Augusta Regional Airport will pay more per day to park their cars in long- and short-term parking lots.

The daily maximum rate was raised $1 in both lots, bringing the highest total paid per vehicle daily to $10 in short-term parking and $8 in long-term.

The Augusta Aviation Commission approved the rate increase Thursday. Hourly rates, which increased last year, did not change.

The parking rate increase is expected to bring in an additional $65,000 annual revenue, airport staff said. The last daily maximum increase was in 2009.

Airport officials studied parking rates at 10 other area airports, and found that Augusta Regional’s rates were lower than most of the airports surveyed.

The same rate increase approved Thursday was denied by the commission in April when it was part of a larger proposal to replace a parking management company with internal staffing services, which the commission opposed.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the commission approved a contract to begin preliminary design work for a $6.5 million rental car maintenance facility. The facility would serve all rental car companies at the airport and have space for car washes, mechanical work and refueling.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/19/13 - 02:34 pm
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"Airport officials studied

"Airport officials studied parking rates at 10 other area airports, and found that Augusta Regional’s rates were lower than most of the airports surveyed."

What kind of ridiculous reasoning is that? Everybody else charges more than we do, so let's raise the price! How would it go if the retail world adopted that philosophy?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/19/13 - 02:48 pm
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$10/$8 parking is a bargain !

$10/$8 parking is a bargain !

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/19/13 - 04:17 pm
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Not really GAD. I'm parking

Not really GAD. I'm parking INDOORS near Hartsfield for $8/ day this weekend. You can park for as little as $5/ day at other lodging locations around the airport, but for the additional security and fast shuttle service, I use this place.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/19/13 - 05:12 pm
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$45 each way

Why park and leave it in a open area parking area with little security and no fence?

When you could just spend $90 for local van service, which has 15 round trips a day.

It is a lot Cheaper than the cost of the $250-300 Round trip Airfare to Atlanta. Plus no Parking fee or worries.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/20/13 - 08:53 am
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@nocnoc

Have you actually priced tickets from AGS versus ATL lately? I'm flying one way to St Louis on Christmas day. From Augusta as I type this it's $243. From Atlanta it is $451 for the exact same flight I'll be on for the ATL>STL leg of my trip. Yes, I realize Christmas is probably an anomaly, but the same applied last time I flew from Augusta through Charlotte. AGS to my destination via Charlotte was over $200 cheaper than the exact same flight directly from Charlotte to my destination.

Just for kicks to debunk any Christmas-related pricing anomaly... Wednesday, January 22nd. Same flights. $148.30 direct from ATL to STL. $152.80 from AGS>ATL>STL. $4.50 more. You can pay $45 to be cooped up in a van for 2.5 hours all you want to! I'll gladly move that decimal over a place and take the $4.50 flight.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/19/13 - 07:21 pm
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Actually went out to Delta. com

Actually went out to kaya.com and Cheapoair.com
The only DIRECT flight to Atlanta and back.

OUTBOUND
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 4:21pm
AGS to ATL 5:19pm
Nonstop
DL 5096
Economy
Operated by: ExpressJet Dba Delta Connection

RETURN
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:54am
ATL to AGS 12:43pm
Nonstop
DL 5024 1
DL 5024 1
Economy
Operated by: ExpressJet Dba Delta Connection
Price per passenger: $258.60 (USD)
Taxes/Carrier-imposed Fees: $41.20 (USD)
Subtotal per passenger: $299.80(USD)
Total for all passengers(1):
This amount will appear in full on your statement
$299.80 (USD)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/19/13 - 08:45 pm
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Little Jack Horner

I'm sure members of the Augusta Aviation Commission are all patting themselves on the back and saying, “What a good boy am I!” tonight.

My friends, we are on the verge of price inflation that will make the 1980s look like a picnic. It will make the Wiemar Republic look like a Sunday drive in the country.

If you have cash in the bank, you will watch its value evaporate like dew on the grass.

Retirees, the Democrats are coming after you. You are the new fodder for the fires. Only the young and unemployed will be looked after.

Doug Lively
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Doug Lively 12/19/13 - 10:41 pm
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Fiduciary Responsibility

The staff and Commissioners have a responsibility to regulate pricing, provide services and customer service to the flying public which select Augusta Regional Airport as their departure and arrival point for the CSRA.

Market driven pricing is at the very core of free enterprise and the free capital system America has been founded upon. Retail has been doing such for 100’s of years. Insult aside, to imagine commissioners “patting themselves on the back and saying, “What a good boy am I!” makes light of the charge they have to conduct the business of the Airport in such a manner as to be good stewards of the City’s Assets.

And if enough of the flying public choose to “bus” to another departure point at the expense of time and discomfort over a few dollars, there could conceivably be a day when that choice is no longer available, and riding a van is the only option.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/20/13 - 08:19 am
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Not arguing the increase Doug

Since 2009, 4 years ago.

(hint think who has been in charge of the economy)

Asphalt costs more, so repaving costs more, Obamacare has added costs to personnel overhead, talk of more Minimum Wage increases, every thing costs more. Plus if memory serves me, there were major improvements made to the Parking area recently.

All of these added costs increased the operational bottom line.
Parking fees needed to keep pace to produce a positive cash flow.

So Yes an increase was needed.

The way it was announced and justified in the AC that had people like myself point out issues.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/20/13 - 08:59 am
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@nocnoc

You're posting the cost of only a flight to Atlanta? That has no relation to what I was talking about. No one in their right mind flies ONLY to Atlanta. And especially not an early month departure and an end of the month return. Between security and everything else you could drive there faster. The point was flying out of Augusta vs. flying out of Atlanta, and the parking costs at each one...and it's typically not much different in price to fly from Augusta than from Atlanta.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/20/13 - 09:18 am
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Thank you Doug Lively

For doing just this...

such a manner as to be good stewards of the City’s Assets.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/20/13 - 01:36 pm
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I don't disagree that costs

I don't disagree that costs have increased, but the way this was presented said that they did a study and found that other places charge more, so they decided to raise the price. And Doug words his reply in a way that says maybe they'll just take away the service if people start taking vans because of the price. That sounds foolish. Failing to react to customer wants and needs puts you out of business. Raising parking prices on the basis that everyone else has done it takes away another unique selling point of our facility. Once you cost the same as everyone else and provide the exact same thing everyone else does, people have little incentive to choose you.

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